Bob Metcalfe

Internet Pioneer, Ethernet Inventor, 3Com Founder & Professor of Innovation

Bob Metcalfe has been an Internet pioneer since 1970 at MIT, Harvard, Xerox Parc, Stanford, and 3Com. In 1973, Bob invented Ethernet, the standard plumbing of the Internet, at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. In 1979, Bob founded billion-dollar Internet startup 3Com, which went public in 1984 and after 30 years became part of HP in 2010. Since 2011, Bob is Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. “The most important new fact about the human condition is that — thanks to mail, telegraph, telephone, radio, TV, Internet, and smart phones — we are CONNECTED, and more so every day. Here comes the augmented video mobile gigabit Internet of Things.